Memories of a Baby Boomer – Were the 50s and 60s Really That Good?

Baby Boomers are the last generation who played stick ball in the streets and sled downhill during snowfalls crossing major intersections. We were the first generation to play play video games & the last to record songs off the radio on a cassette tape. We walked over a mile to school with no worries about being kidnapped or attacked. We learned how to program the VCR before anyone else. We played Pong, then Atari, until we graduated to the Commodore 64.  We are the generation of Tom and Jerry, Looney Toons, Three Stooges and Captain Kangaroo..We traveled (and lived to talk about it) in cars without car seats,  seat belts, and airbags. Our bikes had one speed. Our televisions received 3 channels which went off the air at night and the TV cabinet had doors.  We watched Ed Sullivan and Mickey Mouse Club. We dialed our friends using a rotary phone. We paid a lot of money for long distance calls and forget about calling overseas. Our clothes were washed with wringer washers and our mothers cooed with lard.  We screamed our friend’s name outside his or her house instead of knocking on the door and ran down the street chasing the ice cream man. We even lived without cell phones. We did not have flat screens, surround sound, iPods, Facebook, Twitter, computers & the Internet. But nevertheless we had a GREAT time (or is that just the way we remember it?)

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